Course Overview

Candidates will complete core modules in Informatics, Research Methods, Biostatistics and Surgical Education. In addition, candidates will work independently with the support of a supervisor to carry out an original piece of research relevant to their healthcare setting. The Medical Science (Endovascular Surgery) Programme runs over one year full-time (12 months) or two years part-time.

The programme is provided with support from the Western Vascular Institute. This will provide candidates with hands-on supervised training and supervised sessions in endovascular surgery teaching labs.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is via continuous assessment, evaluation of contribution to group discussions, module projects and research thesis.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be qualified and registered medical physicians or surgeons, and enrolled on the Endovascular Training programme of Western Vascular Institute, or a programme deemed to be equivalent. Competence in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is also a requirement.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time, in-service
2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

 Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

60

Award

CAO

Course code

1MSV3 (full-time)
1MSV2 (part-time)

Course Outline

Candidates will complete core modules in Informatics, Research Methods, Biostatistics and Surgical Education. In addition, candidates will work independently with the support of a supervisor to carry out an original piece of research relevant to their healthcare setting. The Medical Science (Endovascular Surgery) Programme runs over one year full-time (12 months) or two years part-time.

Modules, Year 1, Semester 1

  • Finding the Needle in the I-stack (E-resources) 
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics 
  • From Popper to Proposal (research methods)

Modules, Year 1, Semester 2

  • Searching the Internet (Advanced Level) 
  • Research Methods (Advanced Level) 
  • Advanced Statistics 
  • Deadline for Final Research Proposal

Module details for full-time course
Module details for part-time course

 

Scholarships Available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MDI407: Thesis


15 months long | Credits: 30

This module is designed to provide the learner with skills and techniques to conduct independent research on their chosen research topic.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Produce a comprehensive research proposal
  2. Write a scientific literature review
  3. Prepare a manuscript for publication
  4. Enhance their oral and poster presentation Skills
Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI407: "Thesis" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI414: Medical Research Skills I


Spring | Credits: 10

This module serves as an introduction to scientific research and the use of evidence based medicine in clinical settings. Learners are introduced to the key components of research and the steps needed to formulate a research question.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Perform competent electronic database and internet searches.
  2. Critically appraise a research paper
  3. Use EndNote to store and organise references
  4. Explore and interpret statistical data in published research papers
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI414: "Medical Research Skills I" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI415: Introduction to Medical Statistics


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to provide the learner with a clear and stimulating introduction to many of the essential features of medical statistics. The focus of this module will be on the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of published statistical data. The module will feature practical interactive learning of statistical skills using computer software.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explore and interpret statistical data in published research papers
  2. Develop skills to critically appraise a research paper
  3. Recognise the importance of sampling and statistics in research.
  4. Classify descriptive and inferential statistics
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate uses and applications of different inferential statistical tests using SPSS
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI415: "Introduction to Medical Statistics " and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI416: Research Methods I


Spring | Credits: 10

The focus of this module is to introduce learners to the philosophical principles and ethical issues of research. Special attention will be devoted to identification and evaluation of various approaches of research design derived from both the quantitative and qualitative paradigms. It will feature visual presentations with interactive elements to enable the learner to identify core components of research design and how to construct feasible research questions.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the philosophical principles and ethical issues of health research
  2. Explain the role of research methods in answering a research question
  3. Differentiate between different types of research design
  4. Recognize validity concepts and understand the principle of reliability
  5. Know how to conceptualise a research project
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI416: "Research Methods I" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI409: Research methods and research proposal advanced level II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Participants will learn how to select research designs appropriate to research questions. The benefits of having a detailed research plan and data collection strategy will be explored, along with the principles of systematic reviews.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the different components of research design
  2. Compare and contrast research designs
  3. Recognize validity concepts and understand the principle of reliability
  4. Conceptualize a systematic review
  5. Compile a research protocol
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI409: "Research methods and research proposal advanced level II" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MDI401: Advanced Statistics Level II


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module uses practical and interactive learning to understand the concept, role, and relevance of statistical tests used in research reports. Learners will be guided on appropriate strategies for research design methods, data collection, and analysis tools that bests fits their research objective.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Select appropriate statistical tests for required research
  2. Input data and perform analysis using SPSS
  3. Construct graphical displays
  4. Write an appropriate statistical methods section
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MDI401: "Advanced Statistics Level II" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD6108: Patient Safety & Human Factors


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to provide the learner with a foundation in human factors as they related to surgery with the purpose of positively influencing future patient safety and quality of care as the learner progresses in their surgical career.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explore the concepts of human factor and human error and why they are relevant to surgery.
  2. Have an appreciation of the concept of situation awareness, and the factors which can influence it.
  3. Recognise different of types of decision making, and outlined the situations to which each type is applicable
  4. Recognise the critical role of communication in any team working environment and understand how to communicate more effectively.
  5. Identify the difficulties associated with making decisions in a team environment.
  6. Develop effective leadership skills for a surgical environment.
  7. Recognise stress and fatigue how they affect performance.
  8. Understand how equipment design and ergonomics can contribute to errors in the operating theatre.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6108: "Patient Safety & Human Factors" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MD6107: Surgical Education


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to provide the learner with a working knowledge of the technical and non-technical skills required to be a competent surgeon and the training and teaching methods currently in use to achieve competence as well as the newer assessment modalities.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Know the classification of non-technical skills in surgeons and their uses in everyday practice
  2. Know the different types of learning styles and the teaching methods best employed to appeal to them
  3. Be aware of the technological advances in surgical education and assessment
  4. Identify the different simulation modalities in use in the surgical education and assessment
  5. Know the legal requirements for valid consent and the areas where medical negligence can occur
  6. Understand the roel of leadership and decision making in surgery
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MD6107: "Surgical Education" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in a diverse range of fields of health and medical research, may progresss to take an MD or PhD, and will improve their professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in daily practice (evidence-based healthcare).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,845 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,621 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19

Find out More

Dr Micheál Newell
T: +353 91 495 478
E: micheal.newell@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/medical_informatics

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)